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EADS, Dassault Systèmes Evolve PLM Partnership Story

By Beth Stackpole | November 2, 2010

There’s yet another chapter in the partnership story between Dassault Systèmes and aerospace giant EADS. The two, which have been collaborating around PLM for years, are extending their...

Creativity Declines in the USA

By Jon Titus | November 1, 2010

A friend pointed me to the article, “The Decline of Creativity in the United States: 5 Questions for Educational Psychologist Kyung Hee Kim,” published on the Encyclopedia Britannica Blog (18...

IEEE to Define Smart Grid Energy Storage Systems

October 29, 2010

Your first thought after seeing this headline is probably: What does this have to do with automation and control? Just bear with me for a moment and I’ll do my best to clarify. For now, on to...

Mechanically Flexible Sensor Measures Shear Stress

October 27, 2010

Most shear sensors rely on a micro electro-mechanical system (MEMS) fabricated on rigid silicon, so they lack the capability to measure shear stresses on curved or flexible surfaces. In October...

Alternative Energy and Energy Efficiency Boost Automation

October 26, 2010

Over the past two years, one clear issue has been driving much of the innovation in the automation sector. That issue is energy — as it relates to alternative energy sources and energy...

Invensys Continues Focus on Real-Time Data Integration

October 21, 2010

Pointing out that the ability for a company to effectively synchronize corporate strategy and execution rests within the realm of production control technologies, Sudipta Bhattacharya, president...

What the Heck is a Stringpot?

October 20, 2010

I hadn’t heard of a stringpot until I received a product press release from Celesco, a company that manufactures a variety of stringpot devices. At its most basic, a stringpot, also called a...

AutoCAD Comes Back To The Mac

October 19, 2010

Autodesk made good on its promise this summer to bring AutoCAD back to the Mac, launching the commercial release of the new platform along with a free educational license available to students and...

Design Decisions: Electro-mechanical vs. Pneumatic

October 18, 2010

As an editor, every now and then you come across what seems to be a great new way to communicate needed information to and with your audience. While on the road last week visiting several industry...

Buick's Virtual Road Trip

October 15, 2010

Car manufacturers have been deploying 3-D simulation to aid in car design for years. Now one car company-General Motor’s Buick division–is enlisting 3-D simulation technology to digitally test...